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BOE president recommendation not possible

Updated: Friday, May 23 2014, 12:44 AM EDT

Board members of the Ohio County Board of Education were blindsided during the May 16 meeting when board president Jim Jorden, who was just voted out, suggested a proposal to extend the superintendent’s contract by two years.
Recent discoveries show that this would not be possible; statute 18-4-1 says the board can’t extend Superintendent Dianna Vargo’s contract because it’s not up for more than a year.

“There is a state code 18-4-1 that the only time that can be done is at the expiration of her contract; as we are well aware Vargo has two years remaining on her contract,” Ohio County Board of Education member Shane Mallett said.
“There’s also a state superintendent interpretation in Doddridge County from 2005 that specifically states that that’s not able to be done as well,” Mallett said.
Jorden was just defeated by newcomer Tim Birch in the election.
Mallett said he was surprised by Jorden’s suggestion.
“I thought it was way premature, it didn’t look right because it happened right after the election. If we were going to talk about that even though we are not allowed by the statute and interpretation of the state superintendent we should have been talking about it six months ago, not right after the election,” Mallett said.
Ohio County Board of Education member Gary Kestner said he wasn’t sure if it would be on the next meeting’s agenda.
“Mr. Jorden said it was going to be pulled from the table and that’s good for the taxpayers, this has caused a lot of dissention among people,” Kestner said.
The next meeting is scheduled for May 28.

BOE president recommendation not possible

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